Posts Tagged ‘Divorce’

The AP is running a story about Californian John Marcotte who is trying to get signatures to support a ballot measure that will ban divorce as a response to a ban on gay marriage.  I find this not only amusing, but exactly what was talked about in the comments to this post from last year.  Marcotte has no aspirations that this measure will ever become anything, but sees it more as a movement to try make voters rethink why they want to ban gay marriage.

“Since California has decided to protect traditional marriage, I think it would be hypocritical of us not to sacrifice some of our own rights to protect traditional marriage even more,” the 38-year-old married father of two said.

If you think marriage needs to be protected then it seems logical that this step would be a natural progression on the gay marriage ban.  But the fact that most people would blanch at this idea, should cause some to reconsider their thinking process on proposition 8 which passed last year.  Surely, many people supported prop 8 for reasons other than “protecting the sanctity of marriage”, but for those that didn’t, this satirical measure should be right up their alley… right?

I’ve never heard a good clarification from a supporter of traditional marriage, as to why making divorce illegal wouldn’t be even more justified than banning gay marriage, so if you have one please let fly.


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Touchstone magazine (which I had never heard of, but seems alright) has an article entitled Divorced From Reality, which discusses divorce amongst families with children.  It explore the evils of that separation, as well as the implications of having the government step in where the father used to be.


It is a very interesting read, and explores the family issues that I think are at the heart of so many of our societies problems.  There is so much evidence about the prosperity and success of children and their families when their parents stay married.  Family values is an issue that rings of James Dobson (to his credit I suppose, though I am not a huge fan) and so it can feel very evangelical, and thus oppressive to some.  The Touchstone article does a good job though of discussing the feminist movement and the freedom of divorce that many praise, while showing how the “results” of those movements are hardly praiseworthy.

This is especially interesting to me because I have many friends who are divorced (even at this young age) and I see their pain, but also witnessed the fractured nature of their marriage in the first place.  I don’t believe that the prevalence of divorce shows that people in the past were living in marriages they hated, but rather that the ease of divorce has actually caused a disintegration of people’s investment in that institution, creating a cycle of uncommitted marriages and quick divorces.

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